Greece, Debt and Democracy

By BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

From Athens to Detroit the financial crises used to justify privatizations, wage-and-pension-cutting, and general austerity are being created. Their purpose is always to transfer vast public wealth into the hands of banksters and investors.

Cynical Democratic Party Leaders Will Say Anything You Wanna Hear For Your Votes Or Your Cash

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

So why is the Democratic National Committee, thoroughly committed to the Hillary Clinton campaign featuring Bernie Sanders in its fundraising emails? How can the California Democratic party raise money pretending to oppose the president on TPP without even pointing in his direction, let alone mentioning his name? Are they really that cynical? Are Democrat donors that gullible?


The 26th Friendshipment Caravan En Route to Havana, Cuba

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

For more than a quarter century, U.S. volunteers have delivered aid to the Cuban people, through the Pastors for Peace Caravan. Gail Walker, daughter of the late Rev. Lucius Walker, who initiated the caravans, speaks of the historical “link between Cuba and the African diaspora,” and the volunteers’ determination to continue “the solidarity that we feel for our Cuban brothers and sisters.”

Liberalism Still the Left Flank of Oppression in the Coming Post-Obama World

by Danny Haiphong

It is already clear that the buzz words gay rights and the Confederate flag “will be used by the powerful to move as many disaffected people toward the Democratic Party as possible.” In reality, “the American flag is the global banner of white supremacy and oppression of LGBTQ people. Its Stars and Stripes are responsible for the genocide of indigenous peoples, enslavement of Africans, and the exploitation of the global working class.”

Salvation, or let the churches say, A man…

by Raymond Nat Turner

BAR's poet in residence examines the "hypnotizing, tranquilizing, narcotizing" antics of our preacher-in-chief, and the answers of those who will be neither fooled nor misled any longer.

Six Lessons #BlackLivesMatter Can Learn From Amilcar Cabral

by Benjamin Woods

The emergent Black Lives Matter mobilization is nearing the juncture where it will grow into a true mass movement for liberation, or take some other fork in the road. BlackLivesMatter# should study the practice and writings of Amilcar Cabral, the great African revolutionary. “Cabral understood the new national culture would primarily be built through a process of protracted struggle and have what he called a “mass character.”

Self-Defense of Black Lives DOES Matter

By Thandisizwe Chimurenga

The stars and bars are not the substance of white supremacy itself. They are a deliberately odious signifier of the bloody suppression of black bodies, aspirations and lives from the end of Reconstruction and to the dawn of the Freedom movement of the 1950s and 60s. Some of the flag's groupies are and always have been frankly dangerous.

U.S. - Cuba Policy: A Goal by Any Other Strategy Still Smells As Sweet

by Netfa Freeman

Washington keeps harping about the benefits to Cuba of closer relations with the United States, but never considers “how Cuba might assist in transforming the social and moral essence of the U.S.A.” The United States and its people could learn a great deal from Cuba’s experience in providing universal health care and education, as well as in forging relations of friendship and solidarity with other nations.

Dr. Che Guevara’s Prescription for Africa’s AFRICOM Headache

by Mark P. Fancher

With the United States military command in the lead, “western troops and advisors continue their forward march across African.” But continental liberation is still possible: it just requires the spark of a decisive example. “At least one African country should, pursuant to its own national legislation, seize and nationalize all foreign oil operations, mines and processing facilities within its borders.”

An Eritrean in Mississippi: The Importance of Black Diaspora-Eritrea Solidarity

by Filmon Zerai

The work of a Black lawyer named Lumumba from Detroit drew a young man from Eritrea to Jackson, Mississippi, last year. “I learned how Chokwe Lumumba valued Black diasporan engagement to build solidarity and power,” writes the author. “I experienced the egalitarian spirit of Eritrea in Jackson’s economic justice movement that’s being led by Cooperation Jackson.”

Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 6, 2015

Shut Down the Prisons from the Inside

Prison inmates with the Free Alabama Movement have been placed in solitary confinement for advocating a national prison work strike. “Their argument is that all the attempts at prison reform and appealing to legislative bodies and courts to thwart the explosion of mass incarceration have failed, and that the only mechanism left is to shut down these prisons,” said former New York Times correspondent and veteran prisons activist Chris Hedges, whose recent article is titled “America’s Slave Empire.” The prison gulag “can’t function without unpaid or poorly paid labor,” said Hedges. The imprisoned strike leaders urge outside supporters to boycott corporations that profit from prison labor, including the fast-food giant, McDonald’s.

Newark is the Destination, July 25

“We have a pandemic of police brutality all around the United States,” said Larry Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress, drumming up support for a Millions March Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice and Economic Inequality, July 25, in Newark, New Jersey. “We demand an end to the murder of unarmed people by the police, and to the use of excessive force by the police,” said Hamm, speaking in Plainfield, New Jersey. “First and foremost, we want community control and civilian oversight of all police forces in the United States. This is critical to any effort to reform the police.”

“Rise Up October” to End “Police Terror”

The co-founders of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network fired up an organizing meeting for the “Rise Up October” campaign against “police terror,” set for October 22-24. Veteran activist Carl Dix told the New York crowd: “We’ve got to do this because Black people continue to be targeted by racist killers, in and out of uniform, and this must stop.” The Charleston massacre was not simply the act of a “crazy, lone wolf. The rage that drove him was nurtured by the white supremacy that has coursed through the veins of America since the very first Africans were dragged to these shores in slave chains” said Dix.

Dr. Cornel West, the Union Theological Seminary-based public intellectual and activist and Network co-founder, said “young folk of all colors – but disproportionately chocolate – have been at the center of this movement for the last year or so. It’s been very much a new school leadership, and I like that.”

Twin Flags of White Supremacy

Dr. Jared Ball, a host for the Baltimore-based Real News Network, asked: Why the solitary focus on the Confederate flag, when Black people have been enslaved, Jim Crowed and mass murdered under the stars and stripes for the entire history of the United States? Marshall “Eddie” Conway, a former Black Panther political prisoner and current producer for the Network, replied: “That Confederate flag is flying over Chicago and wherever there is white supremacy. We need to recognize that as a distraction from who’s really getting the benefits” from the economic arrangement in the U.S. – the ruling class.

Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Houston, said: “We need to get to the nub of the question, which is the genocidal origins of the United States.”

Rwandan Suspect in Congo Genocide Arrested in Britain

Karenzi Karake, the intelligence chief for Rwanda, was arrested in Britain for overseeing mass murder of civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three Spanish aid workers were among the victims, prompting an investigation and issuance of warrants by a Spanish judge. “It is a great embarrassment to the British authorities, because the British government is the number one donor to the Rwandan government,” said Claude Gatebuke, founder of the African Great Lakes Action Network and a survivor of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The Congo genocide followed. “Even when Rwanda was invading the Congo and causing mayhem, to the tune of six million dead, the British government continued to support” the regime headed by Paul Kagame, Karenzi Karake’s boss.


Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.

Freedom Rider: Gay Still Isn’t the New Black

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If “gay is the new Black,” then it would follow that gays would now be dedicating their collective lives to the struggle against mass Black incarceration, gentrification, austerity, war and capitalist predation. Don’t hold your breath. “Fighting these issues means taking on the ever present elephant in the room, the persistent belief in Manifest Destiny and the right of white Americans to control whatever and whomever they want.”

No ‘Je Suis Charleston’?: The De-Politicization of Black Oppression

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

Where was the worldwide revulsion at the racist terror attack in Charleston? “Obama sang ‘Amazing Grace’ and lulled into a stupefying silence black voices that should have demanded answers as to why the Charleston attack was not considered a terrorist attack, even though it fit the definition of domestic terrorism.” As a result, “the political space for international solidarity with the plight of African Americans was significantly reduced.”

The 26th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba Launched in Washington, DC

by BAR editor and columnist, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

“We act not just in defiance of our government, but in obedience to our conscience,” declared Rev. Lucius Walker, founder of IFCO, the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization and initiator of the group’s shipments of medical supplies to Cuba. This year’s Friendshipment Cuba Caravan is once again defying the U.S. embargo of the island that “has produced one of the healthiest and most educated communities across the globe.”

How Poor Black Lives Matter to U.S. Capitalism Today: Reflections on “The New Jim Crow”

by Paul Street

The U.S. mass incarceration regime measures Black lives by the value that can be derived from their imprisonment. “The ‘new Jim Crow’ is about disciplining a deindustrialized Black lumpen proletariat and turning it into a largely inert, deindustrialized profit-source whose 'value added' comes mainly from the mere fact of its captive existence.”

Key Failures of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare an Obstacle to Universal Health Care

Key Failures of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare an Obstacle to Universal Health Care

by our friends at This Is Hell Radio

Trudy Lieberman: “We are replacing a crisis of un-insurance with a crisis of under-insurance, and we’re going to find people with very high deductables and very high cost-sharing as the years go on, because we haven’t controlled the underlying cost of care.”

Capitalism and Racism are About Who Rules: Analyzing Power in the Here and Now

by Danny Haiphong

“Even if the second flag of white rule (the ‘American’ flag being the first) eventually comes down, the racist system that produced the Confederacy remains upright.” Symbolism is important, but only if the forces behind the symbols are understood. The real question is: Who rules? “The Black Lives Matter movement is charting a direction that inevitably leads to a struggle for power.”

President Obama is a Traitor to the Black Race: An Open Letter

by Thomas Ruffin, Jr.

The First Black U.S. President perpetuates the modern-day slavery of mass Black incarceration; “espouses, like Rush Limbaugh, an allegiance to ‘American exceptionalism;’” refuses to pardon U.S. political prisoners; makes war on Africa; and has spent two terms in office serving the interests of corporations. “If that be the case, then why elect a black man or black woman president?”


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